Who wouldn't love a French toast in the morning? This iconic breakfast is a sure treat for the taste buds, and we just love it! But did you know that we could prepare it in other ways than we used to know? Yes, aside from spreading butter or adding some maple syrup on top, we can be more creative. We can sprinkle or garnish with other ingredients that we'll learn a bit later. And of course, we'll discuss the many ways on how to make French toast that will add a little twist to it! Let me show you how to make it in many ways, along with tips from other bloggers and the best recipes for every type of French toast fan – vegan, no gluten dieters and so on.
But before that, what should a French toast be like? First of all, it shouldn't be soggy nor burned but creamy on the inside and crispy, golden browned on the outside. And while it has a custard flavor, it shouldn't be so eggy. That is what makes it unique. And how do we come up with this outcome, anyway? Let's begin with this guide and find out.
- Ways To Make French Toast
- Bonus Tricks
- Pro Tips From Other Bloggers
- Correcting Common Problems
- Best Buttermilk Recipes
Ways To Make French Toast
1. Using A Skillet
One of the simplest ways on how to make it is using the anodized cookware skillet. It is also one of the oldest methods of making it if you don't have an oven toaster or an oven. This recipe can make eight slices of toast using only simple ingredients, including three large eggs, a cup of half-and-half, eight slices of 1-inch thick bread and a tablespoon of sugar – and any toppings of your choice!
- Step 1: Whisk your eggs, sugar, and half-and-half in a pan
- Step 2: Turn on the gas range and put it to medium heat. Place the skillet on top and heat it
- Step 3: Soak four slices of bread for a minute in the custard you made earlier. Soak the other side for another minute
- Step 4: Lift a piece of bread and let the excess custard drip. Add a tablespoon of butter to the pan and cook your toast. Make sure to tilt the pan to coat the bottom when you start noticing foam.
- Step 5: Flip and cook the other side. Make sure not to burn the toast by adjusting the heat to low
- Step 6: Flip and cook the other side. Make sure not to burn the toast by adjusting the heat to low
- Step 7: When done, transfer them to a plate and wipe out your frying pan. Cook the next batch
2. Using A Griddle
This method is another easy and quick French toast with a little twist – cinnamon or vanilla extract. You can choose another ingredient for added flavor, though. In this method, we'll use a griddle and your choices of bread, such as whole wheat, French bread or Italian bread, and then serve your toast with maple syrup. This recipe takes only about 10 minutes to prepare and cook.
- Step 1: Prepare your ingredients – a teaspoon of vanilla extract, egg, half a teaspoon of ground cinnamon, four slices of bread and one-fourth cup of milk
- Step 2: Combine the vanilla and cinnamon in a dish, and then add and beat in the egg. Add the milk and stir the mixture. Soak your bread on each side
- Step 3: Cook your slices on a nonstick griddle over medium heat until both sides of the bread is browned
3. Using A Microwave
If you don't want hard boiled eggs or fried rice for breakfast, you can have French toast with only a couple of ingredients and your microwave.
- Step 1: Prepare the ingredients: a tablespoon of milk, a tablespoon of vanilla, half a teaspoon of cinnamon, three slices of bread and syrup
- Step 2: Whisk your wet ingredients in a shallow bowl or dish
- Step 3:Soak a slice in the mixture, and then flip it to soak the other side
- Step 4: Put the slices on a microwaveable plate and in the microwave. Set it on a high for a minute
- Step 5: Repeat with the remaining slices
- Step 6: Garnish your French toast with maple syrup
4. Using An Oven Toaster
If you have the oven toaster, then making French toast is easier, as it would to grill or roast meat using a pellet smoker. All you need is to pop them in the oven when you're in a morning rush.
And then later if you have remaining French toasts, you can just freeze them. Just cool them on a wire rack.
Get them back to the baking sheets and then freeze them in a single layer for up to two hours. Wrap them. You can freeze it for a month.Reheat them by placing them on a baking sheet in a preheated oven of 375 degrees Fahrenheit for up to 10 minutes.
For this method, you will need to spend 25 minutes and use the following ingredients: butter, half a cup of milk, ten eggs and ten slices of bread. It makes six servings.
- Step 1: Heat your oven to 500 degrees Fahrenheit and combine the milk and eggs. Beat until they are well blended
- Step 2: Pour one-half of the egg mixture into a baking pan and put six slices of bread in the pan. Turn them over to let the other side absorb the mixture. Place the bread in a single layer on a slightly greased baking sheet
- Step 3: Repeat the same process with the remaining bread but on a second baking sheet
- Step 4: Bake the slices for about six minutes on a 500-degree Fahrenheit oven temperature. Turn your slices over and bake them until there are no visible traces of the liquid egg
5. Using An Oven
If you don't have a convection oven or you don't want to use a griddle for making French toast, another alternative is using your oven. You can make quick and easy French toast in a couple of minutes using only basic ingredients: 6 eggs, sanding sugar, coarse salt, orange zest, two tablespoons of orange juice, a citrus-flavored liqueur, one and one-fourth cups of whole milk, a loaf of bread, and butter and maple syrup for serving.
- Step 1: Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F
- Step 2: Beat the eggs, sugar, and liqueur along with a pinch of salt, juice and orange zest. Add in the milk and then beat all these ingredients until well blended
- Step 3: Line two rimmed baking sheets with baking mats
- Step 4: Dip a slice of bread one at a time into the mixture to coat them. Put the six slices on every baking sheet
- Step 5: Transfer them to the oven and bake for 10 minutes
- Step 6: You can increase the oven temperature, and cook the slices until they are browned for about two minutes
- Step 7: Repeat the same procedure for the remaining bread
- Step 8: Before serving, garnish with maple syrup, butter, and sugar
6. Using Soy-Free Ingredients
If you cannot tolerate dairy, so you want a no-dairy alternative, you can prepare your French toast without dairy. This recipe is a basic one that tastes as yummy as most varieties. You can also use gluten-free bread instead of the usual one you're using for your toast. But then, there are some brands of rice milk with soy lecithin, so you should check the label before buying to ensure it contains none of this ingredient. For serving, you can use a dairy-free butter. This recipe makes six French toast slices.
- Step 1: Prepare your ingredients: two eggs, six slices of bread, two-thirds cup of rice milk, ground cinnamon, nutmeg, or vanilla extract (optional), a pinch of salt, and a teaspoon of dairy-free butter
- Step 2: Beat the egg and milk, add the salt, nutmeg, cinnamon and vanilla into the mixture, and then combine them well
- Step 3: Turn on your electric stove. Heat a teaspoon of dairy-free butter over medium heat
- Step 4: Soak both sides of the bread slices
- Step 5: Cook them in the pan and on both sides until they are golden brown
- Step 6:Top your toasts with jam, maple syrup or dairy-free butter
7. Using Vegan Ingredients
If you are on a vegan diet, you can still have delicious French toast in the morning while following it. For this method of cooking French toast ideal for vegans, you will need 15 minutes to prepare and cook it. It can serve two to three people. Take note of using thick bread to avoid soggy French toast. Also, take note that nutritional yeast isn't baking yeast. Check the label and find yellow nutritional yeast.
- Step 1: Prepare the Ingredients: ciabatta bread, almond milk, a tablespoon of maple syrup, a tablespoon of nutritional yeast, two tablespoons of whole wheat flour, a pinch of salt, one-fourth teaspoon of ground nutmeg, one-fourth teaspoon of ground nutmeg and coconut oil. And for the toppings, you will need fresh fruits, more maple syrup, and vegan butter
- Step 2: Whisk the almond milk, nutritional yeast, flour, almond milk, nutmeg, salt, and cinnamon
- Step 3: Soak the bread in the mixture. After 30 seconds, lift each bread and flip over to soak the other side
- Step 4: Heat coconut oil over medium heat. Add the slices and cook them for a few minutes until golden brown. Flip to cook the other side
- Step 5: Serve with a dab of vegan butter, fresh fruit and maple syrup and powdered sugar
Chef John shares his insider tips to contributor Vanessa Greaves of All Recipes to the secrets to coming up with perfect French toasts. There are three ways: soak it, fry it and bake it. For the soaking, you need to do it three minutes per side. To check out the complete tips, you can visit the source.
Thanks to Vanessa Greaves for sharing these insider tips!
Adjust the burner temperature! You should preheat your skillet until the butter is melted, not golden brown. Put your slices on the hot skillet and then sear the edges before turning the fire to medium low to cook the slices slowly until cooked all the way through.
Thanks to Thistle Wood for the fantastic ideas!
You should perfect your custard, in the same way that you're making your crepes. It should have the right consistency. To achieve it, you should whisk the custard well. And another tip it shared from Food Hacks is that you should put your custard through a strainer before dipping the slice to get rid of any lumps.
Thanks to Courses Escoffier Online for the wonderful ideas! Now, I can make perfect French toast all the time.
Pro Tips From Other Bloggers
Do you wonder how many eggs to use for French toast? Serious Eats, which is one of my favorite food websites, shares its tips via Daniel Gritzer on how many eggs are needed for perfect French toast. So what is the ratio? The typical range is between two and four eggs for every cup of milk. You should check this site if you want to learn more tips and tricks on how to make perfect French toasts. On this site, you will also find loads and loads of exciting cooking tips and tricks that will help to make your kitchen life easier.
Contributor Sarah Karnasiewicz of Real Simple shares her amazing tips on how to make yummy French toasts. She said that you need some heft in holding up to a good soak in eggs and milk. Otherwise, it will start disintegrating before it gets into your pan. Also, she shares that the drier the bread, the better it will soak up the custard. I suggest checking out this link for complete information on how to make better French toast.
You don't have to become a chef and wear chef shoes to cook the perfect French toast. Karen Ahn of Food Hacks shares how to make perfect French toast all the time. She recommended not to make use of soft and fresh bread, or else you'd come up with soggy French toasts. You also have to remember that the bread should have some moisture removed so that they would cook well. She added that you need to wait for the bread to be stale and shared a tip from Cooks Illustrated that you need to cut the loaf into slices and then to dry them out. The reason is that stale bread is flavorless. And if you would buy a fresh load and then dry it out, you will still have that fresh flavor.
Danielle Walsh, Bon Appétit in a Huffington Post revealed a useful trick for excellent French toast. You should not add too much sugar and dairy to the custard. Also, you should not go overboard with your milk, or else the eggs in it won't cook, which would translate to soggy bread slices later. Also, the blogger added that you don't need to make your custard too sweet if you're adding honey or maple syrup or dusting the slices with powdered sugar later.
This website is one of the best sources of cooking tips you'll need, especially if you're an amateur chef as I am. You can make use of alternative toppings in the French toasts, aside from maple syrup, sugar or butter. You can top them with options, including corn syrup, cinnamon sugar, whipped cream, chocolate chips or shavings, yogurt, fresh fruits and cream cheese. Check out the source if you need more tips and tricks on how to make lovely and yummy French toast.
This source is another great website when it comes to baking and cooking, and I found useful tips and tricks on how to cook the perfect French toast. I learned that it is better to use butter, not oil, for added flavor. However, it burns faster than oil, so we should see to it that we're using a lower temperature and be watchful. We should make sure that the butter would not burn, so we should also be able to wipe out any browned butter off the pan using a paper towel between batches.
Contributor John D Lee of Hub Pages shared his tips and tricks on how to make better French toasts. He suggested skipping the milk, but using cream instead of it. He added that custards would taste better when with cream than milk. So instead of using milk, you may want to use half-and-half or heavy cream in your next French toasts.
Just like cutting your meat into perfect slices before you grill it for the best results, you should also cut the loaf into pieces if it is not yet sliced, according to Mr. Breakfast. You should cut them to one-half to three-fourth inch thickness, which is ideal so that the toast will cook as the outside of the slices brown. But if the loaf is sliced to one-inch thickness, you should cook it in a medium oven to avoid a gooey texture later. Check out this source to learn more tips and tricks for great breakfast toasts.
Christina from A Soulful Twist has her advice for making great French toasts. She suggested using only the right temperature, so you need to make sure that your skillet isn't too hot, or else, the toast will be browned outside but still gooey and soft inside. While you shouldn't use a too hot skillet, you should also see to it that it is the right hotness to sizzle your toast instantly when you put it on the skillet. Overall, the contributor suggested adjusting the temperature in the entire cooking process, such as starting off with 375 degrees and then moving it down to 300 degrees in the first minute. Check out the source for the entire tips and tricks shared.
Correcting Common Problems
What do I need to know about sugar and dairy in my French toasts?
Don't use too much of them, or the eggs in your custard won't cook well and will produce soggy slices.
Why is my custard lumpy?
You should mix the custard well to avoid this problem if you don't want to see egg whites in your slices later. Whisk the ingredients until they are well combined.
Why is my bread soggy?
You should choose the right bread. As much as possible, you should use day old bread, not a soft, fresh one. You should also make sure that the bread is at the right slice thickness. The ideal is between ¾ and 1 inch of thickness.
What kind of bread should I choose?
Avoid spongy, soft types. Use challah, brioche or Texas bread.
Why did my French toast burned?
One reason could be using only butter. You should give the pan a light oil coating and butter combine to prevent your butter from burning. Also, you may not be wiping out your pan for every batch, which should be done o prevent black bits in accumulating in the pan and your next batch of toasts.
Best Buttermilk Recipes
1. Basic French Toast from All Recipes
Check out this cool and easy recipe that I have tried. It is perfect! See the site for complete information on how to make this basic French toast by contributor Jan Bittner.
2. Classic French Toast By Martha Stewart
My favorite chef has her version of French toast in this recipe. Check it out and later tell me how you did with the delicious, easy to make French toasts.
3. Cinnamon French Toast by Food.com
Contributor Neta M. shared an amazing cinnamon French toast in this recipe that takes only 10 minutes to prepare and cook. Head over the site and see how you can make this aromatic, yummy French toast today!
4. Vegan French Toast by Pop Sugar
If you're on a diet, try this low-calorie French toast by Pop Sugar. And if you're still wondering how that could be possible, I suggest you check out the entire recipe for vegans and dieters on the site.
5. Dairy-Free French Toast By Dairy-Free Cooking About.com
Blogger Ashley Adams, a dairy-free cooking expert, reveals a great recipe for French toast but without dairy. See how to make this exciting breakfast food in a cinch by visiting this blog now.
6. Gluten-Free French Toast by Canyon Gluten-Free
Blogger Sherry McAnelly shared her recipe for a gluten-free take on the French toast. Head over to the site for the fabulous recipe that fits gluten-intolerant people.
There you have the many ways on how to make French toast that you will love and will add a little more twist to the French toast we used to know. Certainly, there are also tips and tricks on how to make it better as well as top ways on how to correct common problems when making them. Finally, I want to express gratitude to all the amazing bloggers who have shared their knowledge with the world on how to make restaurant-quality French toasts for all of us!
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